Pebble Mine

The initiative supersedes the state's constitutionally-backed natural resources policy, according to Judge John Suddock's ruling Wednesday.

A veterans group plans to saturate the television airwaves of Alaska for the next 7-days with an ad opposing the proposed Pebble Mine. VoteVets.org is spending $100-thousand dollars on the ad buy.

On Thursday U.S. Senator Mark Begich addressed the ongoing economic summit of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference in Anchorage. He spoke about the Pebble Mine, a natural gas pipeline, and criticism he received recently from members of the Alaska Legislature. KDLG’s Mike Mason is covering the economic summit and filed this report.

Governor Parnell's office

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell says the EPA is bypassing the established permitting system in Alaska by its decision last week to instigate a 404-C process to stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine. The EPA wants to use authority granted under the Clean Water Act to stop the issuance of dredge and fill permits.

Outrage and Praise for the EPA over 404-C

Mar 1, 2014

Friday’s surprise announcement by the EPA to seek a 404-C designation for the proposed Pebble Mine has drawn praise and outrage. KDLG’s Mike Mason has more.

Partnership seeking to develop the Pebble deposit said the EPA has turned a "prescribed, science based" evaluation on its head.

Misty Nielsen

A process got started on Friday that could lead the EPA to rule that the proposed Pebble Mine poses too big a risk to the natural environment to be allowed. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Misty Neilsen

The Environmental Protection Agency is starting a formal process to look at using its authority under the Clean Water Act to stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

The chief financial officers for the city of New York and the state of California are continuing to call for major mining company Rio Tinto to divest itself from Northern Dynasty. Both New York City and California hold substantial amounts of Rio Tinto stock, and as shareholders they're trying to promote responsible investments, which they say the Pebble Mine is not.  

KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more:

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A handful of stakeholders in the fight against development of the proposed Pebble Mine are in Washington D.C. this week meeting with members of Congress and officials with the Obama Administration. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update on the visit.

Renewable Resources Foundation / www.renewableresourcescoalition.org

A lawsuit filed by pro-mining groups unsuccessfully challenged the constitutionality of the initiative scheduled to go before the voters in August.

Northern Dynasty Minerals

A member of the Northern Dynasty Minerals Board of Directors has resigned. Stephen Scott is the General Manager with Rio Tinto’s copper division and he was appointed to the Northern Dynasty Minerals Board in 2007.

Several members of the coalition that has come together to oppose development of the proposed Pebble Mine will be in Washington D.C. next week to take their message to members of Congress and the administration of President Barak Obama. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

KTOO

A rising star in the Alaska Republican Party took to the editorial pages of the Juneau Empire and the Anchorage Daily News last week regarding the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Several members of the Alaska Legislature sent a letter of support earlier this month to the head of the company looking at developing the controversial Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region. The letter was signed by 8 lawmakers including the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.

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